Sipsworth - Simon Van Booy (David Godine)

A wry, humane, character-driven story that is also a wonderful meditation on old age and hope.  Quite captivating.

Michael

 


The Last Tale of the Flower Bride - Roshani Chokshi (William Morrow)

This twisty, fairytale-inspired fantasy explores the dark side of love and friendship while leaving you to wonder what’s real and what’s just a story.

 Tessa

 


A Disappearance in Fiji - Nilima Rao (Soho Crime)

An atmospheric debut mystery set in Fiji (loved the unusual setting!) featuring a 25-year-old Indian police officer investigating a missing persons case in colonial Fiji.  The time period (1914) allows for great historical detail, and the reader is cheering for this intelligent detective to return to Hong Kong and escape the oppressive issues of colonialism.

Lynn

 


So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan (Back Bay)

Here is an astute, articulate well-read critic discussing an American classic.  Who knew the history? Who knew the intricate structure of Gatsby? Who knew the wonderful Gatsby universe of readers?  This book is a treasure.

Michael

 


River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads - Cat Jarman (Peagasus)

The discovery of a carnelian bead at a Viking archaeological site in England is the impetus for bioarcheologist Catrine Jarman to explain how a bead from India ended up in England during the Viking era.  Part mystery and part adventure story, Jarman shares how cutting-edge archeology is fostering our understanding of the Vikings--how they lived, where they traveled and their impact on the local people they encountered.  A thrilling read and one to appeal to history lovers.

 

 


How to Protect Bookstores and Why: the Present and Future of Bookselling - Danny Caine (Microcosm)

The author who currently works here in Cleveland for Literary Cleveland highlights the critical role bookstores play in our communities, acting as local retail district anchors, community gathering places, and sources of new ideas and inspiration.

Lynn

 

 


The Lioness of Boston - Emily Franklin (David Godine)

A well-researched historical fiction novel about Isabella Stewart Gardner; the author does an outstanding job of delving into the psyche of this “out of the box” Boston collector who defies societal expectations and has a profound and lasting effect on early 20th century Boston.

Lynn

 

 


Adventures of Ellery Queen - Ellery Queen (Penzler)

This is a perfect introduction to the 1930s American puzzle mystery with 11 gems of ingenious plots, characters, and humor.  Spoiler alert: smoking, alcohol, sex (sort of) stereotypes.

Michael

 


Crying in H Mart - Michelle Zauner (Knopf)

Michelle Zauner is many things: a musician, a daughter, a Korean-American, and now a writer.  In this stunning memoir, she describes her complicated relationship with her Korean mother and its evolution following her mother’s diagnosis with a rare form of cancer.  With food and love at its core, this memoir is heartbreakingly relatable and certain to leave you desperate for a hug from your mother.

Paulameena

 


Divine Rivals - Rebecca Ross (Wednesday Books)

Iris is an aspiring newspaper columnist in the midst of a divine war of the gods. Writing letters to her brother on the family typewriter that she never sends, Iris unexpectedly starts receiving replies that unbeknownst to her are from her annoyingly handsome rival at the newspaper. Fun "romantasy" as the reader follows their relationship as it begins to bleed off the page and into the real world.

Paulameena